Welcome to the ethereal Accent Design stall at Melrose Trading Post, a famous flea market in the middle of West Hollywood, Los Angeles. While browsing the collection of countless decorative, astrological and spiritual tapestries you may also stumble across iconic film and music posters for sale. —————————————————————————————-“I’ve been a gypsy since ‘92”, laughed the owner and curator of the stall, Stuart, who told me that he has been selling his merchandise at Melrose Trading Post for eight years but that it was a significant challenge to secure this prime 20x20ft spot. The four year wait, however, was worth every minute to him and his customers, as he was able to create this very signature and extraordinary space because of it. Visit Stuart’s stall, only on Sundays, at the corner of Melrose Ave and N Fairfax Ave. —————————————————————————————
“Only 10% of the clothes people donate to thrift stores or charities get sold, the rest goes to landfill.” (according to @thegreenhub_)
However, @melrosetradingpost is helping change the stigma behind second-hand stores.
Every Sunday the trading post opens its doors to 5,000 to 8,000 people who enjoy its variety of handcrafted art, vintage fashion, and antique pieces. Not only does this weekly event provide art & fashion lovers the opportunity to find one-of-a-kind treasures, but Melrose also gives back to its #Fairfax community. Through the $5 admission fee and the various vendor fees, they are able to help fund Fairfax High School organizations with “sports equipment, beautification projects, teacher programs, theatre productions, and more – totaling well over seven million dollars since the Melrose Trading Post’s humble beginnings in 1997” (#greenwayartsalliance ).————————————————————————
Text and Photo by #NikkiWalker